Our Team:
teachers, djs, motivators, Unique bad-ass beings

 
Inner Light Yoga Instructor Abby Blair

Abby Blair

Why you love yoga in one sentence: I love yoga because it makes me feel alive, strong, and extremely grateful.

First Concert: Michael Bolton (You know it.)

Musician Spirit Animal: Chris Martin + Dan Reynolds

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Listening--to others and myself.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: I teach at ILY because it gives me the freedom to creatively hold a space for people to set their own life to music. Each class gives me the opportunity to share the unique energy that comes when the music takes over and people step confidently into their bodies.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Annie Diomedes

ANNIE DIOMEDES

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga gives me the ability to shift my focus to the internal; which allows me to recognize that inside we’re all the same!

First Concert: The All That Music & More Festival- LFO headlined!

Musician Spirit Animal: Robyn + Kimbra

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Presence- I try to be more present in conversations, in transit, in everyday moments; so I can always recognize and acknowledge the sweet ones!

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: ILY is the fusion of my 3 big loves: music, yoga, and people! I love being able to gift students time and space with their self :)

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Carla Gunter

Carla Gunter

Why you love yoga in one sentence: It is a mirror that reflects and allows me to connect with all the parts of my being--the fiery radiant pieces that can light up the world and the sometimes darker insecure pieces that still need more love, attention, and kindness.

First Concert: Incubus

Musician Spirit Animal: Odesza + Florence + Deftones

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Vulnerability. Connecting with others. Keeping my heart soft in a sometimes hard world. When we share our stories, our successes, our struggles, our hearts it in turn allows other to do the same.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: It fosters a community built on empowering yourself and others. I love seeing the effect music can have in one's practice and the journey someone can have in 60 minutes on a little 2' x 6' universe.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Caroline Olmsted

CAROLINE OLMSTED

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga has taught me to have a new appreciation for my body and mind and the importance of caring for both equally.

First Concert: Kelly Clarkson

Musician Spirit Animal: Sara Bareilles + Carole King + Bruno Mars

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Taking time to connect with people: phone calls, asking a barista how their day is going, letting someone know I’m thinking of them.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: It’s very special to share my love and passion for music with the wonderful people of Nashville and beyond who walk through our doors. Seeing someone smile big in class is such a gift.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Cece Batch

CECE BATCH

Why you love yoga in one sentence: It's a beautiful practice for everyone that allows growth spiritually and physically.

First Concert: Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift

Musician Spirit Animal: Gaga meets Sheryl Crow with a dash of Steven Tyler

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Awareness when it comes to impatience, stress, anxiety. I've learned to take a few deep breaths and really ENJOY the present moment.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: I love teaching at ILY because there is so much love and encouragement to be as you are. There's no reason to pretend to be something you're not, and we are all here to grow and learn together.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Emmy Singer

EMMY SINGER

Why you love yoga in one sentence: This practice never fails to give me freedom to feel, express, release and connect.

First Concert: Dashboard Confessional

Musician Spirit Animal: P!nk + Dave Grohl + Sia

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Awareness and connection. Saying hi, looking someone in the eye, giving a hug, so much goodness to be found in every day life.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: Having the opportunity to connect with every single person who walks in the door, and witness them experience music, movement and breath...It's my heart beating outside of my body.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Maddie Adams

MADDIE Adams

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga has taught me how to live a fuller and more balanced life, both through practicing and teaching; it has taught me strength, flexibility, compassion, connection, joy and LOVE.

First Concert: Britney Spears (Hit Me Baby One More Time tour - 2nd row.)

Musician Spirit Animal: Ariana Grande

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Self-awareness. Mindfunless. Spreading joy and love.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: Teaching at ILY feels like teaching someone to dance. I love watching (and experiencing for myself) as students begin to let loose, get absorbed by the music, see the smile spread across their faces, begin to move freely, and feel all the feels - it gives me chills!

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - MC Hoffner

MC HOFFNER

Why you love yoga in one sentence: My yoga practice has this really beautiful way of bringing me back to myself.

First Concert: The Allman Brothers

Musician Spirit Animal: Amy Winehouse

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: This practice allows me to show up for the world in a kinder, more aware way.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: My favorite part of teaching at ILY is the community. The teachers, staff, and students are all deeply connected to the studio's mission...you can see it on the smiles on all the faces, you can hear it in the laughter and connection in the hallways, and you better believe you can feel it in the breath and movement in the yoga room. There's just nothing like it!

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Morgan Hertik

MORGAN HERTIK

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga gives me the space to breathe, to check in, to lose my thoughts, to gain clarity, to challenge, to rest, to dance, to feel, to be grateful.

First Concert: Cher (thanks, Mom!)

Musician Spirit Animal: Gaga + Big Sean + Allman Brothers

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Being as present as possible even in the small moments, and coming back to my breath in times of challenge or discomfort.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: The energy inside the ILY yoga room is like nowhere else. I love watching people get out of their own head, step into joy, and experience yoga and movement in a way they never have before.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Staci Whitworth

STACI WHITWORTH

Why you love yoga in one sentence: It gives me a sacred place to work through my experiences, anxieties, and emotions, connect with the divine, and get aligned from the inside out with my most authentic, compassionate, strong, whole, and loving self.

First Concert: Disney on Ice

Musician Spirit Animal: Norah Jones + Janelle Monae + Stevie Nicks

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Cultivating stillness and gentle awareness of being, self-love, grace, and compassion that overflows into acts of love, peace, and service in the world.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: It's a community of real people that love and enjoy each other unlike any other. It's a place where anyone can feel welcome on the mat to be who they are- to find their most free, true, and beautiful mess of a self through music, movement, breath, and connection.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Tiffany Napper

Tiffany Napper

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga is home to me: it can be a loud, boisterious home filled with Taylor Swift and 20 friends, or it can be a quiet peaceful home filled with only Sia and my breath, but it's always just what I need when I need it, and it never fails to return me to the best version of myself.

First Concert: Better than Ezra

Musician Spirit Animal: A little First Aid Kit, a little Beyonce

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Breathing through challenging situations - traffic, needles at the doctor's office, extra long conference calls. Your breath can get you through anything!

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: The infectious energy at ILY drew me in from the moment I first walked in the door. I laughed and cried in my first class, and I immediately knew this would be my future teaching home. Manifestation, baby!

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Valerie Martin

VALERIE MARTIN

Why you love yoga in one sentence: Yoga, more than almost anything else, helps me to stay in my body and find an anchor in my breath — two things that are usually lost in our disembodied, distracted modern world.

First Concert: Incubus

Musician Spirit Animal: Heart + Brandi Carlile

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Ahimsa (non-violence) — being a vegan animal rights activist spreading the good word about cruelty-free ice cream, pizza, cute shoes, makeup, and more.

Why teach at ILY in two sentences: I love that ILY feels more like play and dance than a rigid or prescriptive "workout" (but if you love getting your sweat on, you will not be disappointed!)

 
 
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